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CBI-Chidambaram raids: Worst kind of political vendetta, says livid Congress

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

With the raids underway at former minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti's various residences, the has asserted this is political vendetta of the worst kind.

Senior leader Digvijaya Singh took to Twitter to condemn the ongoing raids.

"Strongly condemn raids against Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram. Political vendetta of the worst kind," he tweeted.

leader Pramod Tiwari said the has always initiated such things with the intention of taking revenge, be it in the case, Herald case or the present raids.

"Right from the day the came into power, it has launched investigations with the intention of taking revenge. It is using the and other legal tools against all its opponents. It did so in case, Herald, against also. Same is it doing now against Chidambaram, who is known for his honesty," Tiwari told ANI.

With the Chidambaram residence being raided today in connection with the FIPB approval in several cases, the senior leader lashed out at the Centre, accusing it of using agencies to target his son.

"FIPB approval is granted in hundreds of cases. The five Secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the FIPB Secretariat and the competent authority in each case are the public officials. There is no allegation against any of them. There is no allegation against me," he said in a statement.

Asserting that every case was processed according to law, Chidambaram added that the approval was granted or refused in accordance with the recommendations of the FIBP consisting of five Secretaries to the Government of India.

"The government, using the and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends. The government's aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of Opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organizations. All I will say is, I shall continue to speak and write," the senior leader added.

Meanwhile, the is expected to raid Chidambaram's native place in Karaikudi also.

The raids are happening at around 14 different locations in Chennai and also in the capital in connection with the criminal misconduct in grant of FIPB approval.

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First Published: Tue, May 16 2017. 11:57 IST